Following Wednesday morning storm, Northfield suffered most power outages

Staff Writer
Published: 9/30/2020 1:49:37 PM

Eversource will save the largest and most time-consuming restoration for last following Wednesday morning’s storm, as Northfield suffered 23 power outages, the most of any town or city in Western Massachusetts besides Hatfield, which had 30.

Spokesperson Priscilla Ress said crews will work to restore power in other communities before moving on to Northfield, which has 1,597 customers, according to an outage map on Eversource’s website. Nearly 1.5 percent of Northfield customers lost power but Ress expected most, if not all, to have it restored by Wednesday evening.

She said storms often result in downed trees, broken poles, downed power lines and damaged equipment. Crews must first clear trees and limbs from a roadway and stop electricity from flowing before putting lines back up. According to the website’s outage map, 318 of the region’s 219,488 customers were affected as of 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday.

“Trees are the No. 1 cause of outages,” Ress said, adding she was unaware of any reported injuries or structural damage.

She said 4,000 customers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire had had their power restored Wednesday morning.

Ress recommends people follow the restoration of power outages on Eversource’s website at bit.ly/3n8nzGu.

“You watch the numbers steadily tick down,” she said. “It’s a beautiful thing.”

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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